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Propagation Lights are specialised lights designed to provide seedlings, cuttings and young plants with the light they require to grow. Metal halide bulbs are the most popular propagation lights as they produce blue spectrum light that promotes the growth of green foliage. To encourage budding and flowering use high pressure sodium lights that produce a red-orange glow. Lighting is important as it helps plants to get the nutrients they require for healthy growth. This process - of the sun or artificial light helping to feed plants - is called 'photosynthesis'. Light acts as an energy source to help plants separate carbohydrates from carbondioxide. Moisture mixes with this and turns it into glucose and feeds the plants. So the amount of light a plant receives will affect its growth. When plants are not receiving sufficient light plants will become spindly with lots of space between the leaves, new leaves will be smaller, will begin to turn yellow and fall off, whilst new shoots on plants will grow tall to reach out towards the light.